Senate Dems introduce bill that would override Hobby Lobby ruling

posted at 6:01 pm on July 8, 2014 by Allahpundit

Noah told you it was coming and now here it is. Pandermonium:

The bill, developed in consultation with the Obama administration, would require for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Stores to provide and pay for contraceptive coverage, along with other preventive services, under the Affordable Care Act…

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

Ms. Murray’s bill criticizes the Supreme Court’s majority opinion and repudiates it by declaring that “employers may not discriminate against their female employees” in coverage of preventive health services.

To this end, it says that an employer “shall not deny coverage of a specific health care item or service” where coverage is required under any provision of federal law. Moreover, it says, this requirement shall apply to employers notwithstanding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” she huffed, while insisting that your boss pay for those decisions. Incidentally, I’ve seen some confusion online today about whether Congress can overturn a Supreme Court decision. Sure they can, if the decision is based on the Court’s interpretation of legislation rather than an interpretation of the Constitution. Congress can always change its own laws. The Hobby Lobby decision was based on a reading of a federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, not a reading of the First Amendment. So yeah, this is fair game for Murray to change — if she can. Which she can’t: Obviously the bill is dead on arrival in the House. The only suspense, as Noah suggested, is what Senate Republicans will do. Do they try to filibuster it, handing Democrats an easy “Conservatives hate birth control!” talking point with which to pander to the single women who increasingly make up their base, or they let the Dems pass it and then watch as the bill dies a quiet death in the House?

But never mind that. Of all the bills Democrats could try to pass to make birth control “free” for their core constituency, how come they favor carving out an exception to a law that protects religious freedom? A Twitter buddy wonders:

Yeah, how come they didn’t amend the administration’s phony “costless” accommodation for religious nonprofits to include closely held corporations too? That would have left RFRA alone while making sure that Hobby Lobby employees could still get their abortifacient birth control “free” without the company being forced to pay for it. In fact, that’s what some observers think the White House will end up doing via HHS regulation. The fact that Murray insists on trying to chip away at RFRA tells you all you need to know about the symbolic clash of values Democrats want to set up here. They don’t want to “accommodate” religious freedom, they want to signal that that freedom is subordinate to your inalienable right to have your employer subsidize your reproductive choices. It may be that Murray thinks the accommodation will also end up being nuked by the Supremes and doesn’t want to rely on it as a fix under the circumstances, but that’s unclear for the moment. Even if it ends up happening, she could introduce her bill later as a response. The reason she’s making this move now is because Democrats need an angle for the midterms and, frankly, income inequality just isn’t hacking it. When in doubt, push the “war on women” crap, as boldly as you can.

Here’s Harry Reid yesterday promising to do “something” on the Hobby Lobby ruling, which is an appropriate way to describe Democratic strategy here. What they do, precisely, isn’t terribly important as long as it gives them opportunities to pander. Exit question: Dick Durbin’s alternate bill would force employers to disclose whether they cover birth control or not, presumably to open them up to ceremonial leftist shaming and boycotts. Is that a better or worse solution than Murray’s bill?


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“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,”

This case has absolutely nothing to do with ‘Get your Boardroom out of my bedroom!’ Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Instead, how about you…

‘GET YOUR FVCKING WOMB OUT OF MY WALLET!’

Resist We Much on July 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

agree. not sure why businesses should be obligated to toss in all that extra stuff if they don’t want to. don’t like it? work for a different business or start your own.

IIRC, all these benefits of extra stuff started long ago at a time when the federal government “wisely” legislated a cap on executive salaries. Companies began providing the extra benefits such as health care to get around the salary cap and eventually the extras spread to employees at all levels to the point where they became regarded as an workplace entitlement.

Your pay for the work you do with earned time off for vacation and sick leave is as far as employers should have to go. Even saving for retirement should be the sole responsibility of employees, in my opinion.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

.Every time a Democrat says that Hobby Lobby was against contraceptives, they are lying.

allouchsit on July 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

You’re talking about people who on their 10th run through could not get their timeline of the Martin-Zimmerman encounter to match the 911 call, and really had no interest in correcting themselves no matter how many times they booted the ball.

Axeman on July 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

You had your opportunity when you wrote, debated, and passed the law, Senate (D)s. All you had to do was write it competently. This result is entirely your fault. No one else is to blame.
 
Shame there wasn’t a constitutional law professor available to look at the ACA before passing it, eh?

rogerb on July 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Ms. Murray’s bill criticizes the Supreme Court’s majority opinion and repudiates it by declaring that “employers may not discriminate against their FEMALE [emphasis mine] employees” in coverage of preventive health services.

somewhatconcerned on July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Ms Patty Hoist, please allow me to introduce you to Monsieur Petard

Neither Obamacare nor the contraception/abortifacient/sterlisation mandate employers\ provide ‘free’ vasectomies to their male employees.

Just exactly who is discriminating against whom?

Resist We Much on July 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

To this end, it says that an employer “shall not deny coverage of a specific health care item or service” where coverage is required under any provision of federal law.

Gee, wouldn’t that sorta lock a woman into a job with that company ??
This is all getting so confusing.

/

pambi on July 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Shame there wasn’t a constitutional law professor available to look at the ACA before passing it, eh?

rogerb on July 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

That’s gonna leave a mark.

can_con on July 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I am so angry, I want to just hope these filthy Demoncraps all burn in hell for what they are doing in the service of their Lord and Master (Obama or the Devil, or both, take your pick) to innocent, unborn children. They treat murdering terrorists better than they do the unborn.

But I suppose as a Christian it’s not Christlike to wish that upon them. Still, it makes me extremely angry when I see people like this, all but salivating for the chance to destroy the unborn. Their rapacious appetites for death are astounding.

I still am floored at how the peace and love generation became the “you will submit or we will destroy you” overlords. How that generation hated “The Man,” and now they ARE “The Man.”

Disgusting.

theotherone on July 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray

Then get your freaking hand OUT of the employer’s wallet!

GarandFan on July 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Remember, with Democrats, it’s all politics all the time. I’ll bet the RFRA was passed as a political consideration to win an election. In that regard, they’re willing to gut said act for political considerations to win an election. The American people are not safe with Democrats in charge.

bflat879 on July 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Oh, and, I am extremely ashamed to think Patty Murry comes from my home state.

We’re not all wackos and leftists up here, truly–even in the blue counties.

theotherone on July 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

You had your opportunity when you wrote, debated, and passed the law, Senate (D)s. All you had to do was write it competently. This result is entirely your fault. No one else is to blame.

Shame there wasn’t a constitutional law professor available to look at the ACA before passing it, eh?

rogerb on July 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

It’s funny. It’s the same body arguing that where one law is incompetent the other law is the golden standard that must be upheld even if it implies that bureaucrats can create government mandates which do not allow religious exceptions if they are convinced that they have a good argument for why you shouldn’t be allowed to freely exercise your religion.

Because unlike the orderliness of necessarily letting killers out onto the streets on technicalities, the allowance for religious conscience makes things “messy” and inconvenient.

Axeman on July 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

You want to give all the gals free birth control? Hand them a Patty Murray mask… that ought to do the trick.

dpduq on July 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray

So the employer has to pay for anything right? Does that include any wild experimental treatment that a doctor orders?
What a bullshit argument.

CW on July 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—A whopping 80 percent of women fake orgasms during intercourse in order to take advantage of the situation, and many of them use sound to trick their partners, according to a study published recently in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Trading lives for faked orgasms.

CW on July 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I don’t understand how they can write legislation in direct contradiction with the ruling.

If I was an employer, I’d simply ignore it. Let them be the ones to instagate suit.

wolly4321 on July 8, 2014 at 7:33 PM

rogerb on July 8, 2014 at 7:18 PM

 
It’s funny. It’s the same body arguing that where one law is incompetent the other law is the golden standard that must be upheld…
 
Axeman on July 8, 2014 at 7:28 PM

 
Our laws are written for intent now, anyway. I’m sure RWM can give more details, but
 

“The Court finds that the plain text of the statute, the statutory structure, and the statutory purpose make clear that Congress intended to make premium tax credits available on both state-run and federally-facilitated Exchanges,” Friedman wrote in his opinion.
 
http://www.businessinsider.com/halbig-obamacare-case-district-court-aca-subsidies-exchange-2014-7

 
Because state means federal even when it’s spelled S-T-A-T-E. Because I said so, that’s why. Don’t make me pull this car over.

rogerb on July 8, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Don’t you know? Asking women to pay for their own birth control is sexist.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on July 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—A whopping 80 percent of women fake orgasms during intercourse in order to take advantage of the situation, and many of them use sound to trick their partners, according to a study published recently in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

I’m supposed to care? Fake it or not, whatever.

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Wanted for Murder of millions of unborn babies: Patty Murray. She doesn’t care about the baby’s rights, or health.

sadatoni on July 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Oh, and, I am extremely ashamed to think Patty Murray comes from my home state.

We’re not all wackos and leftists up here, truly–even in the blue counties.

theotherone on July 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

WA is lost forever, because Democratics have very effectively corrupted the voting system.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Good luck getting either one of them through the House.

Whine all you want.

Remember these fateful words?

IT’S THE LAW

Suck it Marxists.

Meople on July 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Bishop on July 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

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Indeed. She leaves that impression.
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http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/15/sen-patty-murrays-worthless-stimulus-earmark/

diogenes on July 8, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I still am floored at how the peace and love generation became the “you will submit or we will destroy you” overlords. How that generation hated “The Man,” and now they ARE “The Man.”

Disgusting.

theotherone on July 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

It was a sham from the beginning. I went to college when this bunch were junior faculty in the Seventies. They wanted to burn down everything then.

They didn’t want to create a Utopia on the ruins. They just wanted the ruins.

They still do.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Remember, with Democrats, it’s all politics all the time. I’ll bet the RFRA was passed as a political consideration to win an election. In that regard, they’re willing to gut said act for political considerations to win an election. The American people are not safe with Democrats in charge.

bflat879 on July 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM

RFRA was passed in response to a 1990 Supreme Court ruling (opinion by Scalia) that an employer could fire a Native American employee who tested positive for mescaline after he smoked peyote as part of his religious observance, and that the state could deny him unemployment benefits.

But the legislative history showed a clear concern by Congress that government should never unnecessarily burden anyone’s free exercise of religion.

rockmom on July 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Good luck getting either one of them through the House.

Whine all you want.

Remember these fateful words?

IT’S THE LAW

Suck it Marxists.

Meople on July 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

What’s really funny is that several liberal pundits have recently advocated for the repeal of the employer mandate altogether. While Hobby Lobby would probably still provide health insurance for its employees, it would really be hard to justify this bill if no employers were required to provide it at all.

And that’s really the way to split this baby. Forget about forcing employers to provide health insurance and let everyone buy their own on the exchanges. Then the Feds can regulate what’s in those policies to their heart’s content – it’s my money paying for my health care, not my money paying for someone’s abortion drugs.

rockmom on July 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

America crumbles; Democrats play silly games.

claudius on July 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Retweeted by Ed Morrissey
Elizabeth Scalia ‏@TheAnchoress 6m

Respond to the Fake Hobby Lobby Hysterics with utter contempt and dismissal. Anything more only enables these Horseshit MSM Theatricals.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

I still am floored at how the peace and love generation became the “you will submit or we will destroy you” overlords. How that generation hated “The Man,” and now they ARE “The Man.”

theotherone on July 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

That’s the ultimate irony of it all.

Take my hometown of Chicago for example: “The Man” is 100% Progressive Democrats, led by their Chief of Police (Left wing radical), Rahm, the extremist teacher union thugs, a massive Left-wing bureaucracy (incredibly corrupt), a nutjob Progressive Governor, etc.

At what point do “activists” that are fighting against “The Man” stop and realize that maybe a limited, decentralized, de-bloated government might be in their best interest?

visions on July 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I still am floored at how the peace and love generation became the “you will submit or we will destroy you” overlords. How that generation hated “The Man,” and now they ARE “The Man.”

Disgusting.

theotherone on July 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

That, unfortunately, is the way it happens every time…without exception.

Solaratov on July 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

.Every time a Democrat says that Hobby Lobby was against contraceptives, they are lying.

allouchsit on July 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Every time a Democrat opens his mouth, he is lying.

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray

Please, please, please leave employers out of reproductive care decisions.

Open free clinics to give the stuff away.

talkingpoints on July 8, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Make birth-control pills OTC.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

May as well rename it the MeinKampfCare Obedience Bill sponsored by IG Farben Planned Auschwitzhood.

viking01 on July 8, 2014 at 9:25 PM

It’s not pretty watching a national political party die.

flackcatcher on July 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM

I don’t understand. If it is against the constitution to step on peoples rights to freedom of religion then why would the Senate write a law that they know going in has already been judged not constitutional.

I guess they do believe since we were dumb enough to vote Obama into a second term we really are dumb as rocks.

pwb on July 8, 2014 at 9:48 PM

The Supreme Court rules to uphold the law now dubbed “Obamacare” and the left cheers SCOTUS. The Supreme Court issues a quite narrow ruling that closely held corporations do have rights with respect to freedom of religion and the left will have none of it.

States pass laws against gay marriage, the left succeeds in getting it overruled. States pass laws to enforce immigration laws and they get sued. There is something very, very wrong with this picture and unless it is slapped down, the only liberties, freedoms and rights we have will be the ones the left declares acceptable. I’m now down with that.

Dan_NV on July 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Is there ANY photograph in which Patty Murray doesn’t look astonishingly stupid?
Doubt it. Because truth.

Senator Murray. Making a bag of hammers look smart, since 1992.

orangemtl on July 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Is there ANY photograph in which Patty Murray doesn’t look astonishingly stupid?
Doubt it. Because truth.

Senator Murray. Making a bag of hammers look smart, since 1992.

orangemtl on July 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM

What did you expect to come from the potheads in Seattle?

Decoski on July 8, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Retweeted by Ed Morrissey
Elizabeth Scalia ‏@TheAnchoress 6m

Respond to the Fake Hobby Lobby Hysterics with utter contempt and dismissal. Anything more only enables these Horseshit MSM Theatricals.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

We can start by working the twitter feed at #HobbyLobby. Go go go!!!

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 12:04 AM

These liberal dirtbags are like a lawn fungus . . . they just keep coming back.

rplat on July 9, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Honestly, I am confused…

The Senate can now pass a bill that the Supreme Court views as unconstitutional?

Than why have a Supreme Court if they can just be overruled by 51 votes?

right2bright on July 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Senate Dems introduce bill that would override Hobby Lobby ruling

Shows you exactly how much Liberals despise and do not respect the law and just how badly they want to FORCE people to adhere to THEIR beliefs / agenda, doesn’t it?

Their intolerance and extreme determination to force everyone to live under their rules really reminds me of Islamic Extremism…you know, the OTHER people who insist they are a ‘tolerant’ people.

easyt65 on July 9, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Lib illogic: Killing fertilized embryos = Health Care

BigAlSouth on July 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Honestly, I am confused…

The Senate can now pass a bill that the Supreme Court views as unconstitutional?

right2bright on July 9, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Keep in mind that the SCOTUS decision was based on a law (RFRA), not the 1st Amendment.

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, moronic Communist of Washington

Sex is not a medical condition and is not “health care”.

darwin on July 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Sex is not a medical condition and is not “health care”.

darwin on July 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Careful about this one…Viagra is used to cure a medical condition/dysfunction. Progressives are pounding this one and right now. Overall, I’d say we’re losing the argument at the moment.

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Keep in mind that the SCOTUS decision was based on a law (RFRA), not the 1st Amendment.

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM

I ask again, what purpose does the Supreme Court serve, if 51 votes can overturn it?

Checks and balances…the Senate passed a law that was not constitutional, according to the Supreme Court, that’s the check and balance…so now the Senate can just pass another bill overriding that decision?

right2bright on July 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The Democrats want to be sure that there is no ambiguity here: People who take their religious beliefs seriously have no place in the Democrat party.

Thanks Senator Murray for providing this final clarification.

s1im on July 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Retweeted by Ed Morrissey
Elizabeth Scalia ‏@TheAnchoress 6m

Respond to the Fake Hobby Lobby Hysterics with utter contempt and dismissal. Anything more only enables these Horseshit MSM Theatricals.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

The Anchoress used a naughty word? Wow.

Buck Farky on July 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

All this posturing is a sign of desperation. The haters know they are going to lose the senate.

Lee Jan on July 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM

I ask again, what purpose does the Supreme Court serve, if 51 votes can overturn it?

Checks and balances…the Senate passed a law that was not constitutional, according to the Supreme Court, that’s the check and balance…so now the Senate can just pass another bill overriding that decision?

right2bright on July 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

No…the HHS imposed a bureaucratic mandate not in the ACA that conflicted with an existing law (RFRA). Hobby Lobby was not arguing against the ACA, but against a ruling made by HHS’s Sebelius. I.e., the Administration acted in violation of RFRA.

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

Are women generally really that gullible and simpleton?

cajunpatriot on July 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

All this posturing is a sign of desperation. The haters know they are going to lose the senate.

Lee Jan on July 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Don’t bet on it. There are enough low-information and emotion-triggered voters that the Dems could nullify the GOP advantage this year.

This issue is a Todd Akin minefield.

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

We’re losing the argument on their terms; don’t let them get away with it. If they define the terms of debate, they’ll define our argument out of bounds.

That is not the issue, the issue is free religious expression. If a company has a religious problem with Viagra, they can press the issue through the RFRA and win with this precedent.

Buck Farky on July 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I ask again, what purpose does the Supreme Court serve, if 51 votes can overturn it?

Checks and balances…the Senate passed a law that was not constitutional, according to the Supreme Court, that’s the check and balance…so now the Senate can just pass another bill overriding that decision?

right2bright on July 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

The House would have to pass it too. That’s never going to happen. It’s nothing more than an act of desperation by the progressives to con clueless women into thinking that they somehow will not be able to get birth control even if it’s not free. Sadly, the supply of clueless women number in the tens of millions.

cajunpatriot on July 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

If it’s not my boss’s business, why do you think it’s yours?

Buck Farky on July 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Ricard on July 9, 2014 at 8:41 AM

We’re losing the argument on their terms; don’t let them get away with it. If they define the terms of debate, they’ll define our argument out of bounds.

The issue is free religious expression. If a company has a religious problem with X, they can press the issue through the RFRA and win with this precedent.

Buck Farky on July 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The proper response to an attempt at political pandering is to ignore it. This is a gesture, and gestures are meaningless unless you react to them.

Immolate on July 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

“Your health care decisions are not your boss’s business,” said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, who led efforts by Senate Democrats to respond to the court ruling. “Since the Supreme Court decided it will not protect women’s access to health care, I will.”…

Women have all the “access” they need or want . . . but the government and business isn’t going to buy some of it for them.

rplat on July 9, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Don’t these butthead liberals understand that women are not being denied anything?! They just have to PAY for what they want!

LarryK on July 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Your pay for the work you do with earned time off for vacation and sick leave is as far as employers should have to go. Even saving for retirement should be the sole responsibility of employees, in my opinion.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Yes. Though many companies would still offer 401k matches, health benefits, etc, because it would set them apart. But removing the governmental incentives would go a long way to freeing our labor markets.

GWB on July 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM

How does Harry Reid get away with being a Mormon and pro abortion? Another question is how much does an abortion cost? We are being overrun at the borders and could face a musliim attack and they dither around and attack the Supreme Court? They are soulless and without conscious.

garydt on July 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The border is bleeding, the ME is exploding, Øbamacare is waiting to crush the economy in 2015, the IRS/NSA/EPA/HHS/AG/DOE/etc. etc., all need to be dealt with, but these moronic Democrats (redundant, I know), only have time to address this.

Welcome to the Øbamanation.

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Good luck getting anything ressembling that bill past the House, Dingy.

PJ Emeritus on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Patty Murray has the well known and well deserved reputation for being the stupidest person in the US Senate.

Russ in OR on July 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Is infanticide or post-birth abortion, which some ‘ethicists’ favor, on the approved list yet?

It will be at some point as our civilization ‘evolves.’

And Patty Murray or her successors will be strenuously in favor.

Drained Brain on July 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Congress passed a law, and the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional. Do they think the Court will change its mind if they try again?

thefirstMarkD on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Executive, Judicial, Legislative. What don’t they understand?

pc253 on July 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

It won’t pass the House, so forget about it.

Ward Cleaver on July 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

The house should do a bill overruling abortion.

rubberneck on July 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Executive, Judicial, Legislative. What don’t they understand?

pc253 on July 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I’ll go for D) All of the Above.

Axeman on July 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Are women generally really that gullible and simpleton?

cajunpatriot on July 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Enough are. We saw this coming over the Fluke issue a couple of years ago. It was the same thing. We are denied our rights to have Georgetown subsidize birth control against their conscience.

Jefferson is not my favorite, but if you read Jefferson deeply, you know that he basis the freedom FROM religion on the freedom OF conscience, about which he says it is objectionable to have to pay for anything that is morally abhorrent to you.

The libs are all about freedom FROM religion that the express “free exercise” is unfashionable, because as the government intrudes and makes laws about every facet of life, they increasingly conflict with subjective beliefs, which form the right of conscience.

Jefferson echoed Locke that because religion/worldview engage a faculty that can only be convinced to hold a belief, religion-by-force was antithetical to God who “created the mind free”.

This is where we see that the tradition of Atheism that allows one to write off a majority of other people’s minds as “defective” has become an anathema to the right of conscience and one’s right to draw one’s own subjective conclusions, and to have an orthodoxy, which you do not personally subscribe dictated to you, for your own good (because you are irrational).

Again, I wish this was all as neat and clean as letting Willie Horton out on work release so that he could castrate a guy and stuff his genitals in his mouth and rape and carve up his girlfriend, so that we could visit human dignity on Horton in a work release program. But, some people might not get the wedding cakes they want or 4 contraceptive choices paid for!!!

Axeman on July 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I wish someone on our side would stand for principle: no one is forced to work for anyone. last time I checked we do not have compulsory slave labor. If you don’t like the health care or lack thereof provided by your employer, get another job. Or start your own company.

No one owes you a damned thing except for the wages due a day’s work.

matthew8787 on July 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I guess I do not have to bake that cake….

Goodie on July 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I wish someone on our side would stand for principle: no one is forced to work for anyone. last time I checked we do not have compulsory slave labor. If you don’t like the health care or lack thereof provided by your employer, get another job. Or start your own company.

No one owes you a damned thing except for the wages due a day’s work.

matthew8787 on July 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Plus, as somebody mentioned yesterday, remember when freedom from “job-lock” was a feature of the Exorbitant Care Act?

So, just unlock yourself from your measly little 14.50/hour job at Hobby Lobby and take as many morning-after pills as you can swallow, on us!

Axeman on July 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Congress passed a law, and the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional. Do they think the Court will change its mind if they try again?

thefirstMarkD on July 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM

No, the HHS passed a regulation that wasn’t in the legislation, and the SCOTUS determined that regulation to be in conflict with an actual law. Therefore, they want to pass a law to “correct” the first law.

GWB on July 9, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Stuff it Harry and Mo.

TerryW on July 9, 2014 at 12:30 PM

The government chose not to require that blood pressure, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, or any other life-saving, life-prolonging drugs be provided for “PC-Free!” (paid for by takings from others), but instead chose only drugs that prevent or even stop life and that are the most politically weaponized drugs in existence.

Even though Obama’s own CDC and other sources show contraceptives are freely and widely accessible to women at no or low cost without a government dictate, they are the only drug that ACA dictates be provided for “PC-Free!” under threat of the full force and power of the federal government.

Don’t forget, the free contraceptive mandate was created to repay feminists for their support in cramming ACA down our throats, giving them a huge victory over their sociopolitical enemies.

The mandate serves feminist’s by making the “contraceptive mandate” a new kind of right, a specifically political “Supreme Right”, that overrides other rights of every American, even many in the sociopolitical identity-group upon whom the “right” was bestowed.

The mandate was a post-utero abortion of the human rights of feminist’s most hated enemies with the government in the role of a Constitutional Gosnell. Feminist’s and their sycophants relished in the sight.

But the baby survived, hence their insane rage. And they are intent on finishing what they started by any means necessary.

DrDeano on July 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

When you hear the phrase “Burn in Hell” these people are the fuel used to make the fire.

archer52 on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 AM

“Since the Supreme Court decided it will not hand out taxpayer-funded birth control to disease-spreading sluts who undermine the very fabric of society and spit in the face of women with a working brain, I will.”

Fixed.

LawfulGood on July 10, 2014 at 3:13 AM

Are women generally really that gullible and simpleton?

cajunpatriot on July 9, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I will only say this, because even to tread lightly on the subject threatens to shatter our conservative notions about equality and suffrage: Democrats have a long history of targeting the most gullible parts of the populace for votes, and it has worked beautifully.

It is no accident that liberals focused so heavily on “Woman’s Lib” after World War Two and specifically targeted young unmarried women for several generations.

Lyndon Johnson did not boast about having a 100-year lock on an entire sector of the populace merely because he was a racist a$$wipe.

“Rock the vote” and similar efforts to get children fresh out of highschool and in early college was not because some high-ranking liberal picked that age group out of a hat.

LawfulGood on July 10, 2014 at 3:19 AM

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